Whether you're a coeliac, gluten intolerant, health-conscious or just slimming down, eliminating gluten from one's diet is becoming an increasingly widespread eating style. Awareness about this protein complex has picked up around the world, particularly in the West where it has become somewhat of a food movement.
Going g-free can be overwhelming at first; scrutinizing every ingredient list and being forced to say no to wheat-filled favourites. But adopting this diet needn't be so stressful. Surprisingly, Hong Kong has a sizeable number of free-from foods that have only been on the rise in more and more stores. To save you some hassle, we've generated a list of where to find sans gluten items so you know exactly where to go.
Conveniently located, you can cover a few basics with its supply of GF cereal, waffles, pasta, muesli, and a medley of cookie and cake mixes.
- Times Square Basement 1, Causeway Bay
- Harbour City Level 3, Tsim Sha Tsui
- IFC mall Level 1, Shops 1041-1049, Central
- New Town Plaza 1, Level 2, Shops 204-214, Shatin
Situated in the heart of Causeway Bay, Jasons offers an impressive array of cake, pizza, pancake and cookie mixes, in addition to pasta, waffles, Food For Life bread and fruit ice.
B2F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay; 2776 1090
Though they vary from store to store, you may be able to get your hands on pasta, pasta sauce, bread or cereal. The branch on Repulse Bay Road, for example, is well-stocked.
Boasts an assortment of products such as cookies, frozen bread, frozen meals and yogurt. Choose from GF brands like Orgran, Food For Life and Amy's.
Shop 201-205, 2/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central; 2810 7710
PARKnSHOP and sub-brands (International / Taste / GREAT Food Hall)
This chain may be less g-free extensive than some other supermarkets, however you might find some free from snacks (e.g. potato crisps) and breakfast products if you look carefully.
Please your palate with items like pasta, rice cakes, biscuits, and cookie/cake mixes from brands such as Betty Crocker, Andean, Lundberg and Tinkyada.
Shop 1090, 1/F Elements, Union Square, Kowloon Station; 2197 8066
Satisfy your sweet tooth with bespoke GF cakes, cupcakes and more from this mother & son brand. Their past g-free creations include lemon meringue tarts, raw truffles and elaborate birthday cakes. Their baked goods are made with organic ingredients - just submit an order through their website to get started.
Since 1992, Health Essential has been catering to the health-conscious and those with special dietary needs. Packed with organic, gluten-free and allergy-free food including: quinoa, fruit spreads, pasta and pasta sauce, bread, and a variety of condiments. Top it off with dietary supplements or organic baby products made with natural ingredients. Deliveries can also be made online.
8/F, Hung Tak Building, 106-108 Des Voeux Road, Central; 2545 2286 / 2545 2289
Brimming with over 90 products spanning from pasta and noodles to breakfast items, bread-mixes, cookies/chips, and even peanut butter. Also sells health supplements, eco-friendly household items, plus organic beauty items and food products for kids. Delivery is available to be made online.
Unit 203 Conwell House, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central; 2525-9128
Its g-free supply includes noodles, cookies, raw snack bars and granola, which can also be ordered online for delivery. Or take advantage of its detox programs or cool events and classes on healthier eating.
1/F, V Plus, 68-70 Wellington Street, Central; 3904-1072
Gluten-free galore, with a particularly diverse range of cookies, pasta and bread/ cake mixes. Also includes cereal, extracts, candy/sweets, and even soy sauce, granola and ice-cream cones. Order online for delivery, and check off your shopping list with one click.
Having branched out from its humble beginnings on Lamma, this is an organic convenience store for those living the green life. Its stores provide health supplements and many GF foods including bread, cookies, crackers and pasta, not to mention freshly cut organic wheatgrass.
- 52 Graham St, Soho, Central; 2801 5611
- 1/F, Wong Chung Ming Comm. House, 16 Wyndham St, Central; 2755 3555
- 7 St. Francis St, Wan Chai; 2528 9969
- 75 Yung Shue Wan Main St, Lamma Island; 2982 2325
- Shop G33C, G/F, Block C, DB PLaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island; 2448 1180
A hotspot for anyone with special dietary needs.The family- friendly store stocks a highly extensive range of allergy-free and gluten-free items, including oatmeal, organic drinks, barbecue sauce and yes, chocolate. Deliveries can also be ordered online.
15/F Chung Wai Commercial Building, 447-449 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay; 2573 3610
Corner Block (formerly O2H: Organic to Home)
Its shelves are packed with nearly 60 g-free products such as pasta, noodles, biscuits, bread mix and brown rice lasagna. Or sample the organic vegetables sourced directly from local farms. Deliveries can also be ordered online.
- Shop A, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central; 2523 3123
Located in Wanchai, its GF range includes cereal, organic candy and buckwheat noodles on top of a variety of muesli, granola, and Aunt Gussie's cookies. Deliveries can be ordered online.
G/F, 181 Hennessey Rd, Wanchai; 2511 5628
Based online, South Stream Seafoods sells a variety of GF brands, including some different names from what you find at many local stores. Its GF stock includes sausages from Hellers, porridge and cereals from Hubbards, bread loaf, jams, frozen pie crusts and even frozen Russo’s pizza.
Tel: 2555 6200
Stores over 300 organic food and products (including USDA certified brands). Its g-free supply features items like buckwheat atta, organic rice, plus Simply Organic banana bread and carrot cake mixes. Deliveries can be made online (they even take special product requests).
Shop K, G/F, Fook Moon Building, 72 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun; 2568 2728
Abundant supply of GF snacks e.g. snack bars, lentil crackers and lemon wafers. Also sells GF brown rice loaf, PediaSmart Dairy's chocolate beverage for kids, flaxseed meal from Bob's Red Mill, French dressing + Nasoya Nayonaise (vegan alternative to mayonnaise). Deliveries can be made online.
Room 303, 3/F, Keen Hung Commercial Building, 80 Queen's Road East, Wanchai; 3622 1287
Serves international vegetarian food using unprocessed organic ingredients. Grassroots Pantry is sensitive to those with special dietary needs, and many of the menu items are gluten-free. For most non GF dishes, diners can request that they be made without gluten. This year's summer menu includes Vietnamese bún chay, portobello quinoa patties, and mixed mushroom & asparagus linguine (you can ask for quinoa pasta instead of whole wheat). Smoothies and dairy-free ice cream are also available in this quaint eatery.
12 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun; 2873 3353
Naturally, salads are a safe option for those avoiding gluten. Just Salad has greens galore; choose a chef designed salad or construct your own using toppings such as seafood, fruit, beans or proteins like chicken and tofu.
Head over to La Creperie for their galettes: buckwheat crêpe's from the region of Brittany, France.
- 1/F, 100 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai; 2529 9280
- G/F, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan; 2679 4666
Committed to serving healthy, delicious vegetarian fare. Its GF options include a range of salads in addition to sweet potato fries, sesame tofu stir fry and organic risotto. Don't forget to finish off with desserts such as organic flour-free chocolate cake.
Restaurant and Bar:
10 Shelley Street, Soho, Central; 2810 9777
Take Away Deli:
50 C Johnson Rd, Wanchai; 2527 7588
Deli and Cafe:
Shop G03A, Block A, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay; 2591 1422
The menu covers vegan, vegetarian and organic options including salads, dhal, hand-cut potato fries, flats: freshly baked flatbreads (GF/ wholemeal) with toppings rolled into a wrap, plus desserts like raw vegan truffle. (Note: those with high gluten sensitivity should avoid the wraps due to cross-contamination issues, though desserts are made in a different area from where wheat is handled).
92 Wellington Street, Central; 2851 1611
Want to connect with other gluten-free Hong Kongers? Why not consider joining Gluten Free in Hong Kong, a FB group sharing GF tips and dining recommendations.